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Homosexuals and Fundamentalists

The Dilemma

Christian Fundamentalists take the Bible literally when it says that homosexuality is a sin and worthy of death - either physical death as described in the Old Testament, or eternal torture (damnation) as described in the New Testament (see supporting verses below). What's more, they view this extreme condemnation of homosexuality as God's 'perfect justice'. Yet these same Fundamentalists also believe that God created each of us, including homosexuals, just as we are. In order to believe that homosexuality is worthy of death and eternal torture, and that God created each of us as we are, they have to believe that homosexuality is a free choice. This conviction is apparent in the voracity with which Fundamentalists reject out of hand the growing body of scientific evidence that homosexuality is a genetic predisposition. If they did not believe that homosexuality is a free choice, then they would have to concede that their God is a cruel God. In other words, they would have to concede that God purposefully created homosexuals in a way that they would be genetically predisposed to commit a sinful act that would condemn them to death and eternal torment.

The Evidence

Unlike Fundamentalists who spend their energy defending their a priori position, that homosexuality is a free choice, the scientific community bases its conclusions on the best available evidence. As new evidence continues to surface, science takes it into account. Science is concerned with learning and discovering; Fundamentalism is concerned with preserving a priori beliefs, despite conflicting evidence.

In August of 1991, neuroscientist Simon LeVay published in the magazine, Science, findings from autopsies of men and women of known sexual preference. He found that the interstitial nucleus of the anterior hypothalamus (a part of the brain) was substantially smaller in nineteen gay men who died from AIDS than among sixteen heterosexual men. The observation that the male brain could take two different forms, depending on one's sexual preference, was a stunning discovery.

Shang-Ding Zhang and Ward F. Odenwald found that homosexual behavior in Drosophila (fruit flies) could be induced by techniques that abnormally activated a gene called "w" (short for "white" because of its effect on eye color). They speculate that the activation produces a shortage of serotonin in the brain. Cats, rabbits, and rats all show some elements of homosexual behavior when their brain serotonin concentrations fall.

Deam Hamer's Oct 2003 study showed that the Xq28 region of the X chromosome can cause a propensity towards homosexuality. Researchers at the University of Texas found structural differences in the inner ears between lesbians and heterosexual women. Researchers of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, used PET scans to show that homosexual males' reactions to male and female sex hormones was closer to the reaction of straight females than the reaction of straight males.

The list goes on.

The Choices

Did a cruel God predestined certain people to execution (in the Old Testament) or eternal torture (in the New Testament) by creating them with a predisposition toward homosexuality, or is the Fundamentalist, literal interpretation of the Bible undermined by the evidence?

Supporting Verses

  • Lev 20:13 - If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
  • Rom 1:26 - For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: Rom 1:27 - And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
  • 1Co 6:9 - Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 1Co 6:10 - Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 1Ti 1:9 - Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 1Ti 1:10 - For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
    [my comment: homosexuals are no better than murderers?]
  • Jud 1:7 - Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Further Reading

ReligiousTolerance.org: The Bible and Homosexuality
Frontline: Assault on Gay America

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